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Clinical Training

Trinh ExaminationThe Rheumatology fellowship program is designed to prepare specialists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and systemic autoimmune diseases. The program draws upon the strengths of the University of Rochester Medical Center.  URMC is a tertiary referral center that draws patients with a very broad spectrum of diseases from the immediate area as well as surrounding counties. It is the home of not only outstanding clinicians but also outstanding scientists, many of whom are national experts in their field. 

Program Highlights

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is a tertiary referral center drawing patients with a very broad spectrum of rheumatologic diseases from the immediate area as well as surrounding counties.

The Rheumatology program includes:

  1. Community-based ambulatory clinics with on-site infusion centers
  2. Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  3. Inter-departmental collaboration in teaching, conferences and research
  4. Mentored research in basic, clinical and translational research with protected blocks of time
  5. The opportunity for combined training

Educational Activities

The fellowship curriculum is comprised of a combination of clinical, academic, and research opportunities in order to prepare fellows to be experts in Rheumatology who will be successful in academia, clinical practice and other settings. A copy of the entire curriculum is available in a PDF document for review and download.

Sample Schedule

Blocks1 Sample Inpatient Block2 Sample Elective Blocks3, 4 Sample Research Block5
Outpatient Clinics 20% 92% 10%
Inpatient 72% 0% 0%
Academic 8% 8% 8%
Research 0% 0% 82%

Table Legend:

  1. Blocks are four weeks long and include one vacation block
  2. Six in-patient blocks
  3. Three elective blocks
  4. Required electives include EMG, PM&R, PT/OT, Pediatric Rheumatology, and Orthopedic subspecialties of foot/ankle, hand, and sports medicine
  5. Three Research Blocks

Conferences

Weekly conferences enhance the educational experiences of all our trainees. Topics, as well as the format used to convey the information being presented, vary and cover both the clinical and basic science aspects of Rheumatology. A monthly combined AIR Grand Rounds brings Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology together to discuss topics of common interest.  AIR/Derm Grand Rounds addresses topics of interest to rheumatologists, allergists/immunologists and dermatologists with topics ranging from the basic science of the skin and joints to clinical topics. The expertise of physician-scientists and clinicians from both within the medical center and from universities throughout the county are drawn up in State-of-the-Art lectures, grand rounds, journal clubs and clinical and research presentations.

Grand rounds conference

Monday 7:30 am
Rheumatology Fellow's Conference

Tuesday 12:00 pm
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

1st Thursday of the Month
8:00 am MSK Conference
9:00 am Case Conundrum
9:15 am Rheumatology Grand Rounds (fellow presenters)

2nd Thursday of the Month
8:00 am Rheumatology Journal Club
9:00 am Case Conundrum
9:15 am Immunology (combined with Allergy/Immunology)

3rd Thursday of the Month (Combined with Allergy/Immunology)
8:00 am AIR Grand Rounds
9:00 am Case Conundrum
9:15 am AIR Scientific Journal Club

4th Thursday of the Month
8:00 am Rheumatology Grand Rounds (faculty presenters)
9:00 am Case Conundrum
9:15 am Immunology (combined with Allergy/Immunology)

5th Thursday of the Month
8:00 am AIR/DERM Grand Rounds (combined with Allergy/Immunology)